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EDHIT announces photography exhibition by people with experience of eating disorders

1 February 2018

The Eating Disorders Health Integration Team (EDHIT) are holding an exhibition of photographs by people with experience of eating disorders on 27 February.

Ellen Devine, who is EDHIT's workstream lead for patient and public involvement said:

"EDHIT puts the experiences of people with eating disorders at the heart of its work, but sometimes it's hard to put your experiences into words. The exhibition encourages people with a lived experience of eating disorders, their family, friends and support network, to share their stories via photos. We hope the photos will act as a conversation starter to explore the theme of 'what recovery means to me', whilst also celebrating photos that have made us smile and reminding us that even in the darkness of life with an eating disorder, there is always hope for recovery."

The themes for the exhibition are 'what makes me smile' and 'what recovery means to me'. Photos can be submitted by people with an eating disorder, their family, friends, supporters and the health care professionals who work with them. The exhibition, which follows on from their launch art exhibition in 2016, will in held in the Arnolfini's Light Studio.

There will also be an update on the work of EDHIT, inviting everyone to contribute to the future work of the team.

Come along to:

  • enjoy the photography
  • find out about services and groups in Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset that offer support with mental health
  • take part in a workshop to help us develop a BRAND NEW app specifically for people with eating disorders and those around them
  • meet others who are interested in improving mental health support
  • and much, much more

This event is open to:

  • people with an experience of an eating disorder
  • family, friends and supporters of those with an eating disorder
  • health care professionals, commissioners and researchers
  • anyone interested in finding out more about eating disorders and mental health support

This event is organised by Ellen and Katie - Patient and Public Involvement Leads for EDHIT

How do I submit a photograph to be displayed in the exhibition?

Photographs should be on the themes of 'what makes me smile' and 'what recovery means to me'.

  • To submit a printed photograph, please email helloedhit@gmail.com and we will send you all the details
  • Alternatively, you can share your photo with us via Instagram. Simply follow @helloedhit and then post your photo tagging us (@helloedhit) in the post and using the hash tag #edhitphotos and either #whatmakesmesmile or #whatrecoverymeanstome (Instagram photos will be displayed on a screen at the exhibition)

What is the deadline for submitting printed photos?

Please submit your printed photographs to STEPs at Southmead Hospital by 16 February. For more information contact helloedhit@gmail.com.

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

No. We welcome people of all ages to attend the event and you do not have to bring ID.

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Drop us an email: helloedhit@gmail.com

Will there be food at the event?

No. There will be soft drinks on arrival.

Do I have to take part in any activities or talk in front of people?

There will be lots of opportunity for people who wish to share their experiences or make suggestions about improvements to eating disorder and mental health services to do so, but participation in discussions is voluntary and those who wish listen without speaking are very welcome to do so.

Do I have to stay for the whole event?

We encourage people to arrive by 7pm if possible, but you are welcome to leave at anytime.

Let us know if you're coming by booking via Eventbrite.

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